The staggering rates of suicide, homelessness, military sexual trauma, and mental health problems among recent veterans make it critical for behavioral health practitioners and service providers to stay abreast of these emerging issues. This introductory course is designed to provide practitioners with a working knowledge of common experiences and challenges faced by service members and veterans serving in or returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, along with resources available through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The course also highlights emerging trends and challenges in veteran populations, including the increased prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma. Some of the other topics explored in this course include veterans’ increased risk of substance abuse, suicide, incarceration, domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment or underemployment.
This course is designed for behavioral health professionals and others who provide (or will provide) services directly or indirectly to veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
This course can be used toward the requirement of 15 hours of California Cultures coursework for out-of-state applicants. Click here to view.
Upon completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify the demographics and emerging trends for military personnel who serve or have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
- Identify the increased risks for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), substance abuse, suicide, homelessness, unemployment/underemployment, incarceration, and domestic violence among Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans.
- Identify factors associated with military service that can impair veterans’ adjustment to civilian life.
- Identify the common barriers facing military personnel and veterans in seeking assistance.
- Identify unique challenges faced by women serving in the military and as veterans.
- Identify unique considerations for practitioners working with veterans.